We offer three dual-degree options
Earn a master's degree at the same time as a doctorate of pharmacy (PharmD) through partnerships with Loma Linda University School of Religion and School of Allied Health Professions.
Please note separate applications to both programs are required.
PharmD + MA in Bioethics
Masters of Arts in Bioethics – School of Religion
The Master of Arts in Bioethics is a degree program designed to accommodate LLU students enrolled in the doctor of pharmacy program who wish to gain additional skills in the field of biomedical and clinical ethics. Students in the School of Pharmacy are eligible to apply for dual admission to the MA in Bioethics program, during which time, they can take the MA in Bioethics concurrently with their primary degree in Pharmacy. The bioethics dual degree will enhance ethical sensitivity, problem-solving skills, professional awareness, job opportunities, critical thinking and prepare the student for advancement in the field of healthcare. Further, it epitomizes inter-professional education, as the dual degree pharmacy students are placed in seminars with students from across the campus, including, but not limited to, the disciplines of medicine, dentistry and nursing who are also enrolled in the dual degree program.
- 2-year program
- Start in PY2 year
- Minimum 3.3 GPA
- For SP students interested in being healthcare pharmaceutical ethicists
Job Opportunities: Hospital/Health-Systems bioethics coordinator, pharmaceutical Industry, government, teaching pharmacy and healthcare ethics in a school of pharmacy/medicine/nursing, legal consulting with law firms on ethics matters, executive director of a state board of pharmacy/regulatory agency
PharmD + MS in Health Informatics
Masters of Science in Health Informatics – School of Allied Health Professions
Due to both internal and external forces, the healthcare industry has dramatically increased its reliance on technology in the delivery of patient care. Internally, healthcare administrators are finding it necessary to employ technology to manage resources and deliver patient care in an effective and efficient manner while ensuring quality. One health care discipline experiencing intensive migration of technology into the workflow processes is pharmacy. Today’s pharmacist, must not only harness volumes of pharmaceutical knowledge, but develop appreciable technological intelligence as well. Inventory management for costly drugs, data analytics for drug usage, and utilization of robotics are examples of importance informatics is placing on today’s pharmacist.
- 3-year program
- Start in PY1 year for those with evidence of course work in informatics or start in PY2 year
- Minimum 3.5 GPA
- For SP students interested streamlining patient care and outcomes while enhancing efficiency and accuracy in the administration of medications
Job Opportunities: Health informatics pharmacist in a health system, managed care pharmacist; pharmaceutical industry analytics, health technology companies; Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), corporate quality assurance for community pharmacy practice
PharmD + MS in Health Professions Education
Masters of Science in Health Professions Education – School of Allied Health Professions
The Master of Science degree in Health Professions Education is designed for health professionals who want to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of student learning in the classroom and clinic. Upon completion, graduates will be able to plan for effective learning experiences; improve assessment and evaluation of learning and instruction; and evaluate clinical performance with confidence, improve classroom performance, enhance academic administration skills, and develop expertise in health professions education. The two-year, part-time (1-2 evenings per week and online) Master of Science degree runs concurrently with the PharmD program to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to join the ranks of teaching Pharmacists. Completing the program will enable you to continue the legacy of your excellent teachers and mentors, and to prepare future pharmacists to join your profession.
- 2-year program
- Start in the PY2 year
- Targeted to Rho Chi members
- For SP students interested in academic administration/teaching
Job Opportunities: Faculty member at a school/college of pharmacy, continuing education program writer, medical communications company, medical science liaison, pharmaceutical industry, consumer education company, Food and Drug Administration/Consumer and Provider Education, corporate education coordinator for a health-system or large chain pharmacy organization